Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ski with an Olympian Medalist

The Four Seasons Whistler is arranging for guests to ski with an Olympian after the Winter Games' closing ceremony - but be prepared to pay.

Starting at $3,860 per couple (rate's based on double occupancy), the resorts "Ski with an Olympian" package gets you three nights' lodging in a basic room, an apres-ski spa treatment and a day of skiing and with an Olympic medalist. The hotel is Canada's only AAA, 5-diamond property. The price escalates as you choose bigger rooms - and higher-ranking Olympic athletes.

For the best of the best - the top-ranked skier participating in the Four Season's offering, and a one-bedroom deluxe suite, expect to pay about $10,000 for the three-night package.

Besides the actual skiing, the package also gets you VIP lift line priority, a meet-and-greet at the resort and a gourmet lunch with the skier on top of Whistler or Blackcomb with the Olympian. Athletes available to ski with:

•Manuel Osborne-Paradis, a current Olympian (although he did not place during Monday's downhill competition), 3-time World Cup champion and a 2006 Olympian,
•Cary Mullen, 3-time Olympian, World Cup downhill champion and record holder for world downhill speed record,
•Erik Schlopy, 3-time Olympian, 2003 - giant slalom bronze medalist at World Championships, and 7-time National Champion,
•Hilary Lindh, Olympic Silver Medalist, World Downhill Champion (1997) and 3-time World Cup Champion, and
•Kathy Kreiner, Olympic Giant Slalom Gold Medalist, World Champion and Guinness World Record holder for youngest alpine ski gold medal.

Interested in booking the Olympic package? Due to the complexity of coordinating the different athletes' schedules, email your request to

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